The New Health Partners: Renewing the Leadership of Physician Practice / Edition 1

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Under managed care, health care has become a sometimes uneasy partnership between consumers, health care providers, and the communities they serve. Empowered by a broadly held understanding of medicine and an ability to collect and use performance information to improve health services, this alliance is reshaping our local health systems. In this constantly changing environment, competitive advantage will go to those physicians who are fast-and focused-in their ability to transform their practice into accountable, cooperative business units-reshaping society's expectations of medicine and ultimately improving the delivery of health care.In The New Health Partners, physician Stephen Prather reveals how doctors can regain stewardship of their medical practices and strengthen their crucial role in the health care of their local communities. Prather—a nationally known physician consultant, educator, practitioner, and speaker—gives physicians effective techniques and practical advice needed to deliver bottom-line results.Prather shows physicians, medical directors, and administrators how they can acquire the essential skills of leadership and team development for use in both office and community health settings. Step-by-step, Prather explains how to apply the transformative power of the "Six Dimensions of Health Systems" to integrate delivery of care, align economic and non-economic incentives, manage chronic illness, empower clinical groups, work with patients and their families, and redesign care for community benefit.This groundbreaking book explores how to? Put in place successful methods for creating economic incentives to motivate physician change? Map out proven approaches for achieving clinical quality improvement and efficient office practices? Gain insight into a proven strategy for engaging the community in a rewarding partnership? Combine effective management principles, time-honored values, and useful guidelines for the most skill

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Doctors who have been left totally unprepared for managed care and health consumerism can use this book to survive and thrive in the new health system.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Steve Prather's book encapsulates the key forces in health caretoday. If followed, his practical solutions will dramaticallychange the way we organize and deliver care." —Henry G. Walker,president and CEO, Providence/Health System

"Prather has written a book full of helpful insights, tips, andexamples for those trying to make sense of the leadershipopportunity facing doctors today and tomorrow. His strategies andstories can help those who lead physician practice today and guidethose who teach tomorrow's doctors." —Paul Batalden, professor anddirector, Health Care Improvement Leadership Development Center forthe Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School

"I urge the leaders of health care systems to read and study thisenlightening book together. And, since integration, alignment,improvement, teamwork, and partnering are relevant activities atall levels of an organization, it would be wise for leaders toencourage and enable the many natural work groups in theirorganization to similarly study, digest, and adapt the richknowledge available in [this book]. Doing so will produce a muchmore effective and competitive health care system." —From theforeword by James S. Roberts, senior vice president, physicianleadership, VHA, Inc.

"Using his vast experience and keen insight, Steve Prather presentsexciting concepts and practices that will contribute greatly to theimprovement of the delivery and quality of clinical care into thenext millennium-a major concern for all health care leaders." —DanS. Wilford, president, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Offers physicians, medical directors, and health organization administrators a blueprint for creating cooperative business alliances which maximize accountability and improve health care. The author explains his "six dimensions of health care" designed to integrate delivery of care, align economic and non-economic incentives, empower clinical groups, work with patients and their families, and redesign care for community benefit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787940249
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/25/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN E. PRATHER, M.D., is president and CEO of Medical Resource Management in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prather is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on the Medical Advisory Panel for the Pew Health Professions Commission at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

James S. Roberts
1. Serving a Changing Society
2. Making Systems Work
3. The Six Dimensions of Physician Leadership
4. The Second Dimension: Aligned Incentives Reward the ClinicalBehavior You Want
5. The Third Dimension: Improving the Process of Care and theClinical Outcome with CPI
6. The Fourth Dimension: High-Performance Teams ThroughInterdepAndence and Learning
7. The Fifth Dimension: Partnering with the Family
8. The Sixth Dimension: Partnering with the Community
9. Building an Infrastructure for Learning
10. Implementing a Project to Manage a Disease State
11. Practices Accountable for Quality
12. Partnering with Business: A Competitive Strategy or a SurvivalNecessity
13. Building for a Healthy Community
14. The Curriculum for Change
15. A Concluding Message

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